Peanut Butta Tasting
Former Slice intern and SE pecannoisseur Christopher Stephens stopped by to share bags of pecans—whole ones in and out of the shell, cinnamon-sugar ones, and brittle—fresh from his trip to a pecan farm in Texas.
Kenji Ordering the Whole Secret Menu
Here he is in action, in an effort to bring you this epic In-N-Out secret menu survival guide. Special snaps to all-star cashier Thomas for his patience and enthusiasm throughout the process. Here he is double-checking the order.
[Photograph: Abdul-Ghani Saad]
Chichi, the Happiest Tendon Eater
We received a package that said "HEAVY" on all sides in bold type. This is what was inside. 2,400 pages. [More Modernist Cuisine action here.]
How Not to Eat Lettuce
Ever get one of those "salads" that's really just one massive lettuce leaf? Tempted to eat the whole thing in one go? This is Robyn's "eating one giant leaf of lettuce with dressing on it" face.
Like Father, Like Son
Ed is really into these Frog Hollow Farm cherries.
Candy tasting gone awry
Here's how much our intern Hayley liked the Norwegian/Swedish salty licorice candy Dunder Salt. That's pretty much how we all felt.
Robyn tried absinthe for the first time. Aaaand this is what happened. (She knew she wouldn't like it, but she wanted to taste it so she could know her enemy.)
Lunch Is Served
We tried seven different milks from seven New York dairy farms. Afterward we felt like Will Ferrell in this scene of Anchor Man. Milk was a baaad choice. Thankfully there were cookie palate cleansers.
John vs. 33 cheesecakes
To prepare for our move to Chinatown in May, we spent nearly all of Friday packing. Here (from left to right), Kenji, Maggie, Erin, and Carey are taking a wine break near the end of the day. (Yeah, we have purple flower headbands, pizza hats, and leis hanging around the office. That's pretty normal, right? Ok.)
Such a happy puppy, this guy is.
So many of 'em.
Egg custard tart leftovers
In three hours we tried 17 tarts from 13 bakeries (we came across more bakeries, but some places had sold out for the day). And then we felt sort of sick. These were our remains.
Pretty good impression, eh?
Here's Ed thanking everyone who worked on our first annual Sandwich Festival on Governors Island in July. Stay tuned for the second one in 2012! See all the photos from the festival here.
Torrisi's Turkey Hero
One of the many delicious sandwiches at Sandwich Festival.
A cake made of pies
Macaron taste test
One of Robyn's friends from the Netherlands sent her a special package full of miniature boxes of hagelslag, aka sprinkles. But Dutch people don't just save their hagelslag for cakes, cookies, and ice cream—they put it on buttered bread. So we tried every flavor in the package. (Read all about it here.)
Never let go
Ad sales coordinator Leandra only works while clutching onto a precious box of cereal when we receive a shipment of Rice Krispies Treats Cereal. It's a semi-discontinued variety that is very hard to find in stores.. but thank you Amazon! Did we buy them in bulk from a creepy dude on his couch who resells hard-to-find cereals? It's very possible.
General manager Alaina Browne stopped by with her little serious eater Malcolm. Such a happy baby, he is!
Amazing things, those plump baby arms are.
The Great Jar Opening Struggle of 2011
Jamón dipped his paw in the ink pad to practice his pawtograph for all the Serious Eats book buyers out there!